I have always been passionate about helping pain sufferers accelerate healing and reclaim a well balanced life. I graduated from Marquette University in 1999 with my Master of Physical Therapy degree, and I have worked as a PT in Illinois, Wisconsin and California. Though I loved my work, I was bothered by the fact that many clients found only limited success with traditional therapies. However, it wasn't until a rollover car accident left me with lasting pain myself that I truly found the therapeutic solution I was seeking.
Just before the accident, I began to study a movement-based system called Muscle Activation Techniques (MAT), which uses simple, everyday movements and gentle hands-on techniques to help clients identify and overcome the root cause of their pain. I chose this therapy approach for my pain rehabilitation treatment. Not only did I achieve full healing, but I actually felt better overall than I had before my accident.
In 2010, I became Wisconsin's first female MAT Certified Specialist, and am currently the only Physical Therapist practicing MAT in Wisconsin. I have helped many clients not just to manage their pain, but in many cases to eliminate it, through MAT and movement based therapies. It is my mission to help spread the message that simply improving the way your muscles function will improve the way you live your life!
"1212 Bodyworks" is the name I have chosen for my practice for several reasons. 12/12 is my birthday and according to angel number references, this repeating number sequence "instills the attributes of creation and new beginnings, courage, attainment and inspiration, self-leadership, assertiveness and initiative." Put simply, the 1 and 2 represent the themes: "stay positive" and "keep the faith." These are all qualities I believe are critical values for clients to embrace before full healing can be possible. Throughout the healing process, my clients are encouraged to learn how their body works, so they can keep it working well throughout their lifetime!
I am fortunate to share my life and free time with my husband Bryan, our son Liam, and our Bernese Mountain Dog Sherman. Together with "my boys", I enjoy walking/hiking, traveling, camping and cooking. On my own, I enjoy practicing Yoga, reading, making jewelry and singing.
I look forward to hearing your story and helping YOU move toward a well-balanced life!